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    January 5, 2010
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delays for airline passengers. i'm pat collins, news 4. >> stay with us, everyone, "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. heir apparent the man predicted to be the next redskins head coach arrives in town. an icy grip. those sub freezing temperatures not letting up. we'll find out if there's any relief in sight. good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. i'm eun yang. it is tuesday, january 5, 2010. we're in the middle of winter and it feels like it out there. taking a live look outside. looking at the ronald reagan washington national airport where the skies, i believe, are kind of cloudy out there and we'll find out about our complete forecast now from meteorologist tom kierein. >> a few flurries?
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>> me too. some people. we have, actually have had a few snow owers. we see the area of gray, that's some very light snow that may be briefly touching the ground, and that is continuing to move to the south and east out of the northwest. so, yes, in prince george's county, parts of anne arundel and montgomery and howard as well as southern fairfax they may be getting just a few flurries there and as we take a look at the temperatures now, 28 in washington, so it's well below freezing and whatever snow is reaching the grounds and sticking there may be a few slick spots. the within have diminished quite a bit since yesterday but still enough wind to give us wind chills in the teens. high today briefly touching mid-30s. chance of a few flurries this morning and again this evening and blustery winds and partly sunny on wednesday. a tad warmer tomorrow. partly sunny on thursday.
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looks like still late thursday night perhaps into friday morning we may get a dusting or maybe anch of some light snow. does not look like a major storm at this time. now let's check on the traffic for this tuesday morning. jerry? how is it looking? >> doing all right. good morning, everyone. the trip around town, had a bunch of overnight road work, most of it being wrapped up. near i-66 and around braddock road and springfield interchange. southbound 270 we're fine, i-70 no worries. northern virginia so far pretty quiet here over on the interchange of route 1 just off the wilson bridge, all the travel lanes in both directions are open once again and the snow is not going to stick so everybody deep breath. there you go. back to you. could the washington
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redskins be close to naming their next head coach? mike shanahan is in town and apparently meeting with owner dan snyder about the job. he won two super bowls with the denver broncos. he aived in town yesterday on snyder's private jet hours after redskins fired jim zorn. the new skins general manager bruce allen would not comment on who the team is interested in as coach but he's apart lie certain on what he's looking for. >> i will say this that it's real clear that we're going to be aggressive and what we're looking for in a head coach is somebody who can lead these men that we had in our locker room this year to levels they haven't played to before. >> allen would not give a timetable for when the decision might be made. news 4 learned an announcement is not likely to come today. we will have a live report from redskins part just ahead. a grand jury will decide whether gilbert arenas should face charges for bringing guns
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into the wizards locker room at verizon center. arenas met with federal prosecutors and d.c. police yesterday. he denies a report that he and cry critic drew guns on each other during an argument last month. arenas admitted to taking the guns out of his locker in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. he said that joke or not, i now recognize that what i did was a mistake and was wrong. i should not have brought the guns to d.c. in the first place. and i now realize that there was no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns even if unloaded. arenas could be charged with carrying a pistol without a license which is a felony and could land him in prison for up to five years. he could face a lesser misdeamnor charge. this morning an international manhunt is under way for a suspected shooting death. ashoka mody was shot as he pulled into the driveway of his bethesda home this past october.
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investigators are looking format mat a south african national that worked at the imf in 2008. residents are relieved to learn that this may not have been a random crime. >> we talked about it in our neighborhood, yeah. it feels slightly better that -- i feel really bad for him and his family, though. they are a nice family. >> police believe mathibe may have fled to china. they released a picture of his car which may be similar to one witnesses saw leaving the neighborhood the night of the attack. new today a woman is recovering in the hospital after she was struck by a metro train. it happened around 11:30 last night at the woodley park station in northwest washington. red line trains had to use a single track the rest of the night.
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according to prelimiry investigations police believe she intentionally went on track. she was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. president obama meets with his national security team today. afterwards the president is expected to speak in detail about the security reviews he ordered following the christmas day bombing attempt of an airliner. president obama will talk to the public about his findings and the new steps to improve the watch list. the president is facing some road blocks, however, many european airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demands for increased screening of passengers. u.s. officials now say the suicide bomber who killed seven cia employees at a base in afghanistan was a jordanian working as an al qaeda double agent. intelligence officials say the bomber had been invited to the u.s. base because he claimed to have information about osama bin
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laden's right-hand man. the redskins coaching change. mike shanahan is in town and negotiating with the skins about their coaching vacancy. most redskins fans and former players are cheering jim zorn's firing but not all of them are as excited at the prospects of mike shanahan leading the team. megan mcgrath is live at redskins park in ashburn now with more of that reaction. >> reporter: all signs point to the likelihood that mike shanahan will be the nex head coach of the redskins. he flew into dulles airport yesterday on dan snyder's private plane. also of note shanahan's wife peggy is here as well. the shanahans are staying at snyder as home in potomac, maryland. while he's a top candidates still a lot of work to be done before a deal struck. lindsay czarniak has been told that it's highly unlikely an
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announcement will be made today, they still have a lot of details to work out, some meetings ahead of them still. the prospect of getting a two-time super bowl winning coach has many fans excited. certainly the talk of the town here exactly what will happen. a lot of people keeping a close eye here on redskins park to see if thetion hans show up here, if any additional meetings are held, any announcement happens today. a lot of speculation, a lot of excitement. we'll have more coming up in the next half hour. joe, back to you. thanks very much. our time right now is 5:08. 28 degrees. researchers hope it's a breast cancer break through. >> what a new study says specific fruits fight the disease. a side effect of winters in d.c. pot holes popping up across town. and will we even hit freezing today? a check of the chilly forecast and traffic when we come back.
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. it is time for weather and traffic. good morning. at this hour it's cold. a few flurries flying through the air. we have a few flurries in prince george's, charles, parts of fairfax, montgomery, prince george's up into northern parts of prince george's and anne arundel county into howard county this morning. elsewhere we got a cloud cover with temperatures hovering in the upper 20s all around the region, mid-20s out around the shenandoah valley and the blue ridge and the wind chills are in
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the teens right now. we'll have these blustery winds and chance of few flurries throughout the days with highs in the 30s. partly cloudy wednesday and thursday. maybe light snow friday morning. how is the traffic, jerry? >> top side of the capital beltway doing fine. the outer loop passing new hampshire avenue to georgia avenue. inner loop moving without delay. trip to the wilson bridge moving along nicely. out in fredericksburg, heads up word of a truck fire 95 northbound near route 3. could cause you a bit of a disruption. the drive in on 66 and the dull the dulles toll road looks okay. scientists say natural compounds found in performanome granites may help slow estrogen production. they don't know if the fruit has
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the same effect in humans and needs mo time to test it. tiger like you've never seen him before. new pictures of the golf star just released. airlines are starting the new year by adding fees. how much more you can expect to pay. metro riders, it's not something you ever want to hear, why the agency says that longer wait times may be coming to a metro st
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. checking this morning's top stories. the redskins are in hot psuit of mike shanahan. the two-time winning super bowl coach met with dan snyder and bruce allenbout the coaching vacancy. those negotiations continueed into the night. wizards star gilbert arenas is apologizing for bringing guns into team's locker room at the verizon center. he met yesterday with fed prosecutors and police to explain what happened. he calls it a misguided attempt to play a joke and denies he drew a gun on a teammate after an argument. a grand jury will decide whether arenas should face charges. an international search is under way for a former international monetary fund employee. ashoka mody was shot outside of his home. now investigators are looking format mat, a south african
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national. police believe mathibe may have fled to china. today from meets with his national security team to discuss,000 prevent future terrorist attacks like the attempted bombing of a u.s. airliner on christmas day. but many european airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demand for increased screening of passenge. the new year could bring new problems for metro riders. a transit agency is trying to cope with a $40 million budget short fall and so far it's proposed a list of cuts that could mean fewer trains and longer waits. news 4 kimberly suiters joins us now from the prince george's plaza station with more on this story. >> reporter: we have a few tiny snowflakes. on big snow days people rely on metro. unfortunately, though, in the last year ridership has been down, especially in the early morning. i don't know if that surprises you. surprises me a little bit. you would think that's the time that people do ride.
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but not the case. metro is short about $40 million and they are looking for ways to make up for that money. admittedly they say the economy does have an impact. they say the percentage of ridership is about equal to the percentage of jobs lost. but they also say that people are still coming back after the red line crash and that's taking a little bit of time. to save money here are the proposed reductns. at least some of them that will affect you directly. wait times are going to be extended. weekday early, those early morning hours between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. you'll wait not six minutes but eight minutes. weekday midday and early evening instead of 12 minutes you'll wait 15 minutes for a train. saturday daytime same thing instead of 12 minutes, 15 minutes. sunday, you'll wait about 20 minutes for a train. then weekday late that's after 9:30 p.m. you'll wait now 20 minutes on the red line, and 30
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minutes on the orange, blue, yellow and green lines. these changes are to go into effect this march. if they are passed this thursday, metro has its board meeting this thursday and the general manager is asking for approval right away. more on the expected changes to save money, to save metro $40 million coming up in the next hour. i'm kimberly suiters reporting live in hyattsville. >> any change to the metrobus system? >> reporter: there are changes to metrobus. and we'll talk about those in the next half hour. >> all right. kimberly suiters, thank you. get ready to pay more if you y. many airlines are hiking fares once again. farecompare.com says unite the airlines addeds much as $10 per round trip. the other big airlines matched
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except for the discounters southwest, jet blue and airtran. driving not the smoothest way to get around either and you can thank pot holes for that. crews will be repairing pot holes on the wilson bridge this week. that could create some delays for drivers. two lanes of the beltway's inner loop between route 1 and eisenhower connector will be closed at 7:30 every night this week. all three lanes are expected to re-open every day by 5:00 a.m. at least one corporation is standing by tiger woods. electronic arts incorporated plans to go ahead with the release of an online game featuring the golfer. they said woods is still one of the greatest golfers in history. this new photo is coming to a newsstand near you. woods can be seen on the cover of the new "vanity fair." the picture was taken before the
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scandal was broke and just now being released. we have a school closing in alexandria. bishop ironton high school was closed because of broken water pipes. udents should check in with the school website for updates. earleb. wood will be reopened today. there was a heating system that stopped working, but classes will resume today. just about 5:21. time for traffic and weather on the 1s. let's go to meteorologist tom kierein in storm center 4. >> another cold january morning under way. temperatures in the region mid-to-upper 20s. we're getting a few passing flurries, a little bit of light snow showing up on radar to the south and east mainly of washington up in southern howard county, southern montgomery. few flurries enough for a brief
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dusting on some of the roads along the northern part of the beltway in montgomery and prince george's county. it will be sticking what is a little bit coming down harder in anne arundel certainly sticking. another little band of some passing snow showers and flurries in charles county into st. mary as. a cloud cover with temperatures in the 20s around the region. from mount pleasant to mitchellville, chantilly and germantown. winds gusting to 20 miles per hour. blusteryinds continuing into tomorrow too, partly sunny on wednesday and thursday highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. might get light snow late thursday night into friday morning and cold over the weekend saturday and sunday morning lows, afternoon highs in the 30s. now traffic, how it is looking? >> pretty good out there. the trip through northeast by way of new york avenue moving
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along nicely. construction barrels out of roadway for that long term project along florida avenue and 9th street northeast. no worries at this hour. 95 northbound picking up fair amount of volume now, route 2, the capital beltway travel lanes are open. southbound no worries. the rails, everything starting off very quietly. marc, vre and metro all reporting no delays. back to you. it is now 5:22. 28 degrees. if you're unhappy at work you're not alone. new numbers show workplace lows hit an all time high. we'll tell you what researchers are saying. inauguration threat. what sparked security concerns surrounding the president's swearing in. a t
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forget the salahis. the secret service said a third uninvited guest may have been able to get into november's state white house dinner. they discovered a man named carlos allen got into the party. unlike the salahis, this is a photo taken from the website, a
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picture of him with david petraeus. allen apparently denies being at the white house that night. maybe it's a cardboard cut out that general petraeus just stuck beside him. this despite a claim by one woman that allen raved the next day about having a good time. a research group says job satisfaction is the lowest it's been since the group began studying it 22 years ago. the conference board says only 45% of americans say they are satisfied with their work. that's down from 49% in 2008 and 61% in 1987. the deep recession gets part of the blame because it's harder for people to find challenging suitable jobs. worker incomes have not kept up with inflation and the soaring cost of health insurance keeps eating into take home pay. if you pay someone to prepare your taxes that person will be under a closer watch.
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the head of the irs announced new regulations for all tax preparers. the agency plans to make paid preparers past competency test. it's part of a plan for more oversight and cut down on fraud and errors. the new rules are not in effect for the current filing season but will take effect in 2011. 5:27. 28 degrees. the redskins hoping for a big score. they are courting a man they hope to become the next head coach. what has secret service agents on edge worry about a possible attack at the presidens inauguration. a pretty picture outside doesn't tell the whole story. it's brutally cold out once
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. redskins hoping he's lucky number seven. mike shanahan in negotiations to become the seventh head coach under dan snyder. terror talks. the president is meeting with his top officials,000 better protect the united states. the highs are still pretty low. the winds died down but the forecast remains frigid. good morning, welcome back to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. i'm joe krebs. it's the 5th day of 2010. 28 degrees at ronald reagan washington national airport. some flurries around the region.
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>> meteorologist tom kierein is here with the latest on all that and what it means for us. >> means you need to layer up this morning. i hope you got a nice warm wooly sweater for the holiday season because you'll need think it morning. as we look at the radar now we're getting a few flurries showing up and a few passing showers east of washington in prince george's and charles and anne arundel counties. some of those may be enough perhaps for a brief dusting, especially there on the beltway in prince george's county, watch out there could be perhaps a light dusting there that may cause some slick spots because temperatures are well below freezing. whatever is sticking to the ground isn't melting. it's now 28 in washington. wind chills are in the teens. winds gusting around 20 to 25 miles per hour. a blustery and cold day again today as well as tomorrow. maybe a few flurries tomorrow and tonight and light snow on friday morning. jerry, how is the traffic? >> doing pretty well. montgomery county and capital beltway area.
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this is the outeroop and inner loop around new hampshire avenue with no worries as you head towards the american legion bridge. this is university boulevard, left side of the outer loop, right side inner loop. traffic moving along nicely. not too much in the way of snow flurry activity on this side of town. if you're headed out on the rails no worries whatsoever so far. metro, vre and marc telling us everhing is a-okay. eun? the redskins coaching search is to discussion on mike shanahan. news 4 the only local news station to capture this video of the coach arriving at dulles. he's here to meet with dan snyder and broou allen. news 4 has learned an announcement abouthether he'll become the next coach is not likely to come today. if he's hired mike shanahan would bring with him an impressive resume. he led the denver broncos to
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back to box super bowl victories. he has a career record of 138-90 in the regular season. he's also 8-5 in the post-season. that want resume may be impressive but does it impress redskins fans? megan mcgrath is following the story from redskins park in ashburn. good morning? >> reporter: good morning. all signs point to mike shanahan as being the next head coach of the redskins. shanahan arrived yesterday afternoon at dulles airport. he was aboard daniel snyder's private plane. he met with snyder and bruce allen yesterday. all of note he didn't come alone. shanahan brought his wife peggy with him and the shanahans are staying at snyder's home in potomac. while he's a top candidates it's not yet a done deal. we're told there's a lot of negotiating that still lies ahead. the prospect of guesting a two-time super bowl winning coach has many fans excited and a former linebacker is
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optimistic about shanahan. he thinks shanahan could have a positive impact only if he has the freedom to do what he wants to do with the team. >> he wants things done his way, so if he's able to come in here and do things his way do they have an opportunity? i think they have a fair shot of being successful. >> reporter: so while negotiations are under way, a news 4 being told that there are still a lot of details to be worked out. news 4 lindsay czarniak was told it's highly unlikely that a deal would be announced today that they still have to hammer out some things. all eyes on redskins park. >> megan mcgrath, thank you. now to the other washington sports story. a possible crime story. a grand jury will decide whether gilbert arenas should face charges for bringing guns into the wizards locker room at the
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verizon center. he denies a "new york post" report that he and teammate critic drew guns on each other during an argument last month. in a statement arenas admitted to taking the guns out of his locker, quote, in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate. he also said that quote, joke or not, i now recognize that what i did was a mistake and was wrong. i should not have brought the guns to d.c. in the first place. now realize that there's no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns even if unloaded. arenas could be charged with carrying a pistol without a license which is a felony and he could land in prison for up to five years. the "new york times" is reporting that security officials were concerned that extremistsrom somalia would attack the inauguration of president barack obama. intelligence agencies reportedly worked around the clock to figure out whether the threat was real. there were concerns about what, if anything, should be done if a terrorist struck while millions watched on the mall.
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the report turned out to be false. the story was a little more than a rumor. today president obama meets with his national security team. they will be talking about the attempted christmas day terrorist attack. is as airport security remains heightened in the united states and abroad. brooke hart is live on capitol hill now with more on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: aides at the white house say not to expect heads to roll in the wake of the christmas day bomb attempt. but will the president's meeting today answer calls for accountability? back at the white house with the revised new year agenda, president obama met with his top counter terror adviser, today he carries chief of the alphabet soup of spy teams, the cia, fbi, nsa, the dni and tsa all imply indicated in the christmas day bomb plot. top cabinet officials will be there as well. >> go over our internal reviews, to hear what others in our
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government also have concluded, and to take whatever additional steps are necessary. >> reporter: today britain said it did share with tuesday that it had denied alleged bomber nigerian born umar farouk abdulmutallab a student visa for wanting to attends a bogus school adding to what the u.s. knew before tay tempt. what's being done, newman daer to searches of travellers from 14 countries. >> this person should have been tagged long befe he got to an airport. >> reporter: critics warn the rules could backfire. confused the search. shoe bomber richard reid was a british citizen. is this the u.s. responding to the last threat >> you have to rpond to threats that have actually happened, even while you're thinking about new ways. >> reporter: to many, christmas day sounded too familiar. president obama is expected after today's meeting to publicly outline initial security steps in response to that christmas day bomb plot. his ad viesers have denied a
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sweeping overhaul is needed. live on capitol hill, i'm brooke hart. joe, back to you. the u.s. embassy in yemen is officially re-opened after terrorist threats put it on lock down for two days. the embassy was given the all clear by security staff to open its doors today. both tuesday and british embassies closed on sunday after learning about a bombing plot that might target embassies. that plot comes from al qaeda and may involve trucks loaded with explosives. time now 5:38. 28 degrees. an international manhunt is under way right now. >> police identify the suspect of a local economist. plus a promise from d.c. police. what they say they will do to protect a specific group of students whom parents say are being targeted. without the wind you may think it feels balmy but another sub freezing morning. a check of w
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time for weather and traffic. good morning. at this hour we have temperatures well below freezing and a few flurries flying through the air. whatever is reaching the ground is stick. getting flurries and snow showers in northwest and southeast washington, prince george's county, anne arundel county and southern maryland, charles, calvert and st. mary's. cloudy sky with temperatures in the 20s. 28 in washington. wind chills are in the teens with winds gusting to around 20
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to 25 miles per hour. high today reaching the mid-30s, maybe a few passing flurries. again, overnight tonight. then on wednesday still a bit blustery and cold and thursday partly sunny. could get light snow late thursday night early friday morning. how is the traffic? >> right at the capital beltway, so far looks pretty quiet most of the way on in. sporadic slowdowns but that's to be expected this time of the morning. no early hangups inside the beltway to the roosevelt bridge. check out 95 where the volume is increasing very ra plid now in several stretches. the truck fire we told you about earlier is well south of fredericksburg, 95 northbound at the 122 mile marker. so if you're head in that direction heads up. joe and eun, back to you. 5:42 is your time. still ahead d.c. police stepping up efforts to protect students at specific schools. plus it is a crime to terrify a quiet bethesda
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neighborhood. a local economist shot in driveway. if there wasn't enough going on at the airports how long a power outage kept passengers on the ground. why you
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updating the top stories in the news for today. the redskins are focusing their head coaching search on mike shanahan the former broncos coach and two-time super bowl winner flew into town yesterday and met with dan snyder and bruce allen last night. if shanahan is tired, news 4 learns an announcement about it likely will not come today. a grand jury will decide whether wizards star gilbert arenas should face charges for bringing unloaded guns into the verizon center locker room. arenas met with federal prosecutors and police yesterday. he denies reports that he and a teammate drew guns on each other
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during an argument. today president obama meets with his national security team. he plans to talk about how to prevent future terrorist attacks like the attempted bombing of a u.s. airliner on christmas day. the president, however s facing a challenge from overseas, most european airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demand for increased screening of passengers. a woman is recovering in a hospital after she was struck by a metro train. it happened last night at the woodleyark station in d.c. police believe she intentionally put herself on track. she suffered serious injuries. it could be some bad news for metro riders this morning in order to deal with a $40 million budget short fall the transit agency is thinking about making some noticeable service cuts. >> for those of you who use metro it would mean longer waits and longer crowds. kimberly suiters is outside the prince george's metro rail station in hyattsville with more on this story. >> reporter: good morning, eun.
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not great news if you use public transportation. you're going to be waiting longer, walking farther and also possibly contending with larger crowds. i know, it doesn't sound like fun early in the morning, does it. those are the possibilities if these cuts go through. metro facing a $40 milli short fall. they are simply having a drop in ridership especially in the morning. you got the economy. you also have the red line crash ridership just starting to come back from that. to save money this is what metro is looking at. proposed reductions to metrobus. 31 lines either changed, reduced or eliminated. they are going to reduce the frequency of service. eliminate those weekday low productive trips as they call them. you'll be walking more, facing more crowded bus situations. they say they will avoid layoffs by not filling vacancies and they say those savings alone on the bus line will save them
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about $1.08 million. looking at metro service. the times are going change there. instead of waiting six minutes you might wait eight. some stations on the red line, for example, and orange line on the weekends instead of waiting 15 minutes you may wait 20 or even 30 minutes. they will be closing mezzanines for a saving of $200,000 and reducing service on holidays for a saving of blaine larsen 35,000. delaying those tis, making you wait an additional three to ten minutes might s rail up to $172,000. those are the predictions. so, unfortunately, it looks like those who ride, those who take public transportation will ffer the brunt of this. but with the $40 million short fall it looks like metro has no choice. reporting live in hyattsville, i'm kimberly suiters, news 4.
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eun, back to you. this morning the lights are back on at reagan national airport after a power outage caused delays. some outbounds flights were delayed but a backup system kept the control tower operating. >> we were out for about one hour. the impact on airport operations was not as significant as it might have been later in the day or earlier in the day but it still inconvenienced our airline customers and we apologize for that. power was resred by mid-afternoon and things got back to normal. >> d.c. charter schools could get more police protection after complaints about student safety. parent and administrators say charter school students are harassed going to and from schools. until now prif schools had to provide their own security. >> much more serious than simple harassment. there have been robbings,
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muggings, beatings and children have been left with no one from metro or the police around to support them and protect people. >> the police chief and the mayor announced yesterday that uniformed police officers will now routinely check in and patrol many of the city's growing list of public/private charter schools which are mostly funded by taxpayers. good business news for the washington area. an announcement from northrup grummann the defense contractor is making the move to the washington, d.c. area. the company announced it will move its corporate offices from l.a. to be closer to its key government customers, the move is expected to be completed by 2011. northrup executives say they are considering the district as well as suburban sites. for one d.c. woman, 2010 brought a milestone that most won't see. eddye williams turned 110
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yesterday. she's believed to be the oldest woman in the district but she says she feels good and doesn't think about age. >> what do you think about being 110 years old? >> what day think about it? i don't think nothing about it. nothing to think about. >> nothing to think about? >> no. i don't think about it at all. >> even at her own party williams entertained a crowd, showing off her musical skills. you know, i've had a chance to meet miss williams either last year or the year before. sharp as a tack. funny. she will give you a piece of her mind. >> just pass the tambrine. >> happy birthday to her. >> she's seen a lot of weather in her lifetime. the biggest snowstorm was in 1922. she was alive for that one.
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we have our cold weather here with us this morning. we have those blustery winds with us at this hour. the skyline under a cloudy sky. there's the washington monument. down river is ronald reagan washington national airport. the temperature there is at 28 degrees. some of these gray clouds are producing a few flurries. right now on the radar we're seeing flurry activity mainly south and east of washington getting a few passing flurries that are continuing to head off to the south and east out of the northwest getting light snow in northwest and southeast washington. a band across central prince george's county. another little band of some light snow falling in central anne arundel and northern anne arundel counties and elsewhere a few flurries in charles and st. mary's and this is also extend down into parts of the northern neck of virginia. but elsewhere we don't have any flurry activity, we do have quite a bit of cloudiness traenls are cold this morning down into the mid-to-upper 20s around the region. the wind have died down a bilt. peak gusts are at 20 miles per
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hour. temperatures are in the teens. bundle up and avoid the frostbite and potential hypothermia. getting a few flurries on the eastern shore as well as out in western pennsylvania light snow extending into west virginia this morning. all of this due to a great circulation in the atmosphere. drawing in arctic air mass oust canadian prairies and down across the great lakes, picking up the moisture. if you're traveling, might have a little snow in the northern rockies, rain in the pacific northwest. that may be causing some flight delays. for us bus stop forecast dress as warmly as can you. blustery winds, temperatures in the 20s through the next several hours. then by noon we should be into the low 30s, mid-30s by mid-afternoon with bstery within and partly sunny. chance for a few more flurries tonight. mid-20s tomorw morning. on wednesday partly sunny, blustery, highs upper0s.
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30s for thursday. light snow late thursday night early friday morning. the weekend looks dry and cold. how is the traffic? >> take a live look. a little sampling around prince george's county on the capital beltway. so far i-95 southbound, the beltway between greenbelt and silver spring everything is moving along pretty well. no major hangups. your right side is the inner loop, left side is outer loop. 95 loading up quick to the beltway. no delays to report on the rails. we do understand marc tells us now that penn trains 406, 407, 417 will be two cars short and train 513 one car short today. eun >> jerry, thank you. one man is dead and another injured after a man opened fire in a las vegas federal building. police say the gunman killed a security guard and wounded a
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u.s. martial being shot. people living and working near the building heard the gunfire. at first they didn't think anything was wrong. >> i heard sounded like firecrackers going off and just kept going, kept going, kept going. it was about 30 or 40 pops whan heard the pops at the very end of it, then all of a sudden i heard the sirens. >> officials say the tragedy could have been worse. the building had just opened and the lobby was pretty empty. >> a family remembering a young man killed inside his own home. a vigil was held last night for emmanuel durant jr. police say his brother was forced in to his home by two masked gunmen in the 200 block of webster street northeast. when did your ran came down the stairs there was a struggle and
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he was shot in the leg and he died from his injuries. new details in the shooting of an economist for the international monetary fund. an international manhunt is under way for a former imf employee who may be responsible. jackie bensen has more on the suspect. >> reporter: neighbors say they continue to feel great sympathy for the victim's family but are relieved to learn that the shooting that shocked this neighborhood last fall was not a random crime. >> we talked about it in our neighborhood. yeah. it feels just slightly better that it's -- i feel really bad for him and his mily, though. really do. they are a nice family. >> reporter: the suspect, 36-year-old mohau mercy mathibe a south african national is an economist who worked for two years at the international monetary funding northwest washington. detectives investigating an alarming october 2009 shooting in bethesda, maryland at the home of 54-year-old ashoka mody, also an imf economist learned the two men had worked together.
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>> detectives have obtained a charging document for a former employee of the imf who actually had a brisupevisory. mr. mody was shot several times as he entered his garage and near death when he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he spent weeks in recovery. police released the photo of a car and a ski mask. >> some witnesses have reported they saw a small dark colored vehicle leaving the scene of the crime with the lights off. >> reporter: the suspect left the imf a year and a half before the shooting. jackie bensen, "news4 today." we have a traffic alert for your this morning. a major construction project starting today, expected to cause big backups in maryland.
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also at 6:00 a.m. he's here in town. mike shanahan has been meeting with dan snyder. how close is
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a frigid forecast. these freezing cold temperatures are not going away and some of you are waking up to some flurries this morning and now another snowstorm is on its way. coaching carousel. jim zorn is out and mike shanahan is in town meeting with dan snyder. how close is shanahan being be the next coach of the redskins. security detail. president obama meets with his national security team today. how they plan to keep you safe from a terrorist attack the next time you take an airline flight. good morning and thanks for joining us this morning for "news4 today" at 6:00 a.m. i'm joe krebs on this
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tuesday, january 5, 2010. live look outside right now this morning. can you see we have some clouds above us right now. cold temperatures too. 28 degrees and we have two school closures to tell you about. bishop iranton high school in alexandria remains closed because of broken pipes and the williamsport in washington county is closed because of a water main break there. meteorologist tom kierein is here to tell us it's so-called pipes are breaking. there will be all kind of breaking. >> pot holes popping up. we have to prepare for another frigid morning. it's not going away until the middle of next week. right now on radar we're seeing a few flurries and passing snow showers. just east of washington now in prince george's county and anne arundel, calvert and charles counties. maybe enough for a very light dusting in what is sticking to the ground is not going to melt because our temperatures are rtainly below freezing in the
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20s all around the region now 28 in washington. weather watchers reporting it near 20 degrees around blue ridge and parts of the shenandoah valley. look at the wind chills, they are in the teens this morning. blustery northwest wind that will be with us from time to time throughout the day. still blustery and chilly tomorrow. winds die down on thursday. how is the traffic, jerry? >> take a live look over on the beltway in northern virginia, just off 95 interchange. by the capital beltway moving pretty well both outer loop and inner loop between the west virginia moving up towards 66 and tysons, no worries to rert. out on the rails this hour, metro rail, vre and marc reporting no delays. red line riders a note here that due to mechanical problems the entrance escalateors at dupont circle are out of service. bear that in mind. penn line trains 406, 407 and
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417 will be running two cars short this morning and train 513, one car short. so keep that in mind for your travels this morning. joe and eun, back to you. thanks very much. this morning the redskins coaching search appears to be to discussion on former broncos coach mike shanahan. news 4 was the only local news station to get this video of shanahan arriving in town yesterday just hours after the redskins fired coach jim zorn. shanahan met with owner dan snyder and general manager bruce allen. negotiations went well into the night. but any announcement about a new coach likely will not come today. if he does becomehe head coach, mike shanahan will bring years of head coaching experience and two super bowl titles to the redskins. but will those accomplishments translate to success here in washington? megan mcgrath is live at redskins park in ashburn with more on what shanahan would mean to the burgundy and gold. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning.
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some pretty serious negotiations going on but it's not a done deal yet. however, it does look like mike shanahan will be the next head coach of the washington redskins. shanahan flu to dulles airport yesterday. he arrived in daniel snyder's personal jet. even arrived just hours after jim zorn was fired. now he met with snyder and general manager bruce allen yesterday well into the night. also interesting here is that shanahan's wife peggy also came as well and the shanahans are staying at snyder's home in potomac. while he's the top candidate there's still apparently a lot of work to be done before a deal can be struck. lindsay czarniak has been told it's highly unlikely that an announcement will come today, the prospect, of course, of getting a two-time super bowl winning coach has many fans excited. others, though, are not quite so sure if that's enough that there might be some other things that need to be done as well. but certainly it is the talk of the town. a lot of people watching
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redskins park. going to be watching to see what happens here over the next couple of days. again, we're hearing that an announcement is not likely today but could come in the next couple of days and we'll have more reaction coming up in the next half hour. joe, back to you. megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much, megan. this morning the lights are back on at ronald reagan washington national airport after a pow outage caused big delays. passengers had to wait in long lines after baggage okcarousels and computers stopped working. a backup system kept the control tower operating. the outage began at 12:30 and lasted an hour. president obama meets with his national security team. the president is expected to detail the security reviews he ordered following the christmas y bombing attempt on an airliner. president obama will talk to the public about his findings and the new steps to improve watch lists. he and his top cabinet officials
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are working towards the right course of action. go over our internal reviews to hear what others in our government also have concluded, and to take whatever additional steps are necessary. >> the president is facing some road blocks though. many european airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demand for increased screening of passengers. news today, the u.s. embassy in yemen is back open after terrorist threats put it on lock down for two days. the embassy was given the all clear by security staff to open its doors today. but the u.s. and british embassies closed on sunday after learning a bombing plot that might target embassies. nbc news learned that plot comes from al qaeda and may involve trucks loaded with explosives. the suicide bomber who which would seven cia employees at a base in afghanistan was apparently a jordanian working as an al qaeda double agent. u.s. intelligence officials now
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say the bomber was invited to tuesday base because he claimed to have information about osama bin laden's right-hand man. meanwhile the bodies of those seven cia employees have been returned to the u.s. there was a small private ceremony for the victims yesterday at dover air force base in delaware. a federal court in richmond has denied an appeal by september 11th conper ra toirco zacarias moussaoui. even claimed his right tohoose an attorney was violated. zacarias moussaoui is the only person to stand trial for the september 11th attack. he's serving a life term at a federal prison in colorado. 6:07 is the time. 28 degrees. coming up we have a copy of metro's new budget proposals for the year. you're about to see a side of tiger woods you've never seen before. and find out just how long this painfully cold weather will stick around.
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your weather and traffic together on the 1s coming up next.
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our time right now is 6:10. 28 degrees as we zoom in on a lovely picture here in t nation's capital. looks like the lincoln memorial or perhaps a flying saucer landed in the middle of your nation's capital. >> that's news. >> that would be news. >> it is the lincoln memorial. lovely. don't let the picture fool you.
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it is freezing outside. >> it is. let's go to tom kierein up in storm center 4. he knows all the geographic sites. kind of like the day the earth stood still. we're standing still this morning in this frigid air mass that continues to roll in on those northwest winds. as we look here on radar those northwest winds picking up moisture off of lake erie. this far south we're seeing some flurries and even passing snow showers in washington as well as in prince george's county, southern anne arundel, northern calvert, northern charles county. maybe enough in prince george's county in northern calvert for a brief dusting. what is falling is sticking. we have temperatures that are low freezing. we're in the mid-to-upper 20s around the region. 28 in washington. wind chills are in the teens with winds gumpting around 20 miles per hour. chance for a few flurries and passing snow showers today and overnight tonight. highs in the mid-30s. still blustery winds tomorrow.
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thursday we may get light snow late thursday night into early friday morning. now the trafc. how is it looking? >> the capital beltway, watching the outer loop left side of your screen. the issue of a broken down vehicle on the outer loop right on the bridge span in the right lane. so unless its moved in the next three or four minutes we're expecting to see that backup very quickly. elsewhere at this hour at the wilson bridge we're doing fine. we're told authorities still have that left lane closed southbound at route 5 with that ice built up yesterday. they couldn't get rid of it. southbound route 5 still has the left lane closed. beltway from greenbelt to college park to silver spring right now we're doing okay. eun, joe, back to you. the construction project on the beltway this week that will give you a smoother ride to work. metro riders listen up. why you soon will have a much more crowded commute. and why more d.c. police
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officers are
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checking the top stories in the news for today. could mike shanahan be the next head coach of the redskins. he flew into town yesterday. negotiations reportedly lasted well into the night but news 4 learned an official announcement of his hiring is not likely to come today. todayresident obama meets with his national security team talk about how to prevent future terrorist incidents like the attempted bombing of a u.s. airliner on christmas day. but the president is facing another issue many european airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demand for increased screening of passengers. the u.s. embassy in yemen is back open after terrorist threats put it on lock down for two days. u.s. and british embassies closed on sunday after learning about a bombing plot that might target embassies.
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new today a woman is in the hospital with serious injuries this morning after she was struck by a metro train. it happened around 11:30 last night at the woodley park station in northwest washington. according to pliminary investigations police believe she intentionally went on the track. for anybody who uses metro the new year could bring a host of new problems. the transit agency is trying to cope with a $40 million budget short fall so it's proposed a list ever cuts that could mean fewer trains and longer waits. kimberly suiters joins us now from the prince george's plaza metro rail station. good morning. >> reporter: cuts would affect metro rail and metrobus. i've been watching the buses come in, the last one that came in it was standing room only. these proposed cuts would mean, though, that you have toait even longer for your bus or your train. you'll also be facing some crowds. a bus going by right there and there's almost nobody on it. that's one of the reasons metro
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wants to make these cuts. taking a look at some video, metro is facing a $40 million short fall. they have fewer riders in the morning. the main contributors, the economy. when people lose jobs metro loses riders. there was also a drop off in ridership after the red line crash, understandably. metro rail is 6% below it's 2010 budget. the metrobus is 10% below it's 2010 budget. they are in dire straits and need to make cuts. one major area they are looking to cut, metro service wait time. for example, weekday early 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 instead of six minutes you'll wait eight minutes. weekday midday early evening instead of 12 minutes you'll wait 15 minutes. saturday daytime same thing. sunday daytime you could wait up to 20 minutes. after 9:30 p.m., you could wait anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes
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on the red line and up to 30 minutes on the orange, blue, yellow or green lines. now that sounds like a pain but those changes alone could save metro almost $2 million. this is the proposal here. it will be presented to the board on thursday and voted on and the changes to go into effect soon. reporting live in hyattsville, i'm kimberly suiters, nbc 4. joe, back to you. thanks very much. it could also be a slow ride for drivers who use the woodrow wilson bridge this week. crews will be performing emergency pothole repairs. two lanes on the inner loop between route 1 and eisenhower connector will be closed at 7:30 every night this week. all three lanes are expected to re-open by 5:00 a.m. those who use the bridge should consider seeking out alternate routes. d.c. chaert schools could
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get more protection. parents and administrators say charter school students are harassed. until now the schools had to provide their own security. it has been much more serious than simple harassment. there's been robbings, muggings, beatings and children have been left with no one from metro or the police around to support them or protect them. >> the police chief and the mayor announced yesterday that uniformed police officers will now routinely check in and patrol many of the city's growingist of public/private charter schools which are mostly funned by taxpayers. gilbert arenas is apologizing now for his handseling of guns inside the wizards locker room. he met yesterday with police and federal prosecutors about the unloaded weapons he brought to the verizon center. a grand jury will decide whether the basketball star will face any charges. arenas denies reports that he and teammate javaris crittenton drew guns on each other during an argument. but he does acknowledge showing the weapons and what he calls a
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joke. he released a statement in which he says joke or not i now realize that what die was a mistake and was wrong. i should not have brought the guns to d.c. in the first place and now realize there's no such thing as joking around when it comes to guns, even if unloaded. a new photo of tiger woods is cing to a newsstand near you. woods can be seen on the cover of the new "vanity fair" magazine. here's the picture. the picture was taken before the scandal of his extramarital affairs broke and just now being released. one of woods' sponsor is standing by the golfer. electronics arts plans to go ahead with the release of an online game featuring tiger woods. ea says woods is still one of the great just golfers in history despite any missteps off the golf course. prince george's county man just realized he kept a library book for more than 70 years.
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he now lives in greenbelt and was 12 years old when he checked out a book called "birth of rome." he says he kept the book in good condition and recently discovered he still h it. he sent it back to a cousin who is still living in scottdale and the school's principal said they will waive the late fee as a gesture of goodwill. that's good because they could wipe out his 401(k). >> i can even imagine what the late fees would be. >> time for weather and traffic on the 1s. >> let's go to tom kierein in storm center 4. >> good morning. as we look at the radar we're seeing passing snow showers and flurries. especially just to the east of washington. we have some of those that may be reaching the grounds and perhaps whiteneding the ground in prince george's county and northern calvert county, southern anne arundel and
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northern charles county. elsewhere a few scattered flurries. a cloudy skies with temperatures below freezing. what is reaching the ground will stick. 28 degrees in washington. watch out, could be some slick spots to the east of town. wind chills in the teens with winds still gusting 20 miles per hour. from adams morgan to reston, highs reaching to the mid-30s. few flurries or passing snow showers. still a bit blustery into tomorrow. on thursday, into the mid-30s. maybe late thursday night into early friday morning could have a few passing showers, snow showers that is. maybe just a light dusting. then dry and cold for the weekend to follow. how is the traffic, jerry? >> take a live look over the capital beltway. chopper 4 high above things. traffic continues to move oothly in both directions between i-95 interchange headed down towards the american legion bridge and it appears the broken down vehicle that was on the outer loop at the american legion bridge has already been removed. so very good news there. check it out, 16th street as you
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make a tripast missouri avenue. light volume of traffic to water reed and beyond and travel lanes are open. so good news continues and no hangups along the 95, 935 corridor so far this morning. apple is getting ready to introduce a new computer. airline prices are about to take off again. find out who is now raising fares. a
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get ready to pay more if you fly. united airlines bumped up some of its rounds trip fares amuch as $10. many others quickly followed suit. the exception is southwest, jet blue and airtran did not raise their fares. if you pay someone to prepare your taxes that person will be under a much closer watch by the irs. the head of the internal revenue service just announced new regulations for all tax preparers. they want paid preparers register and pass competency test. it's a plan to have more oversight and cut down on fraud and errors. the new rules aren't in effect for the coroner filing season but will take effect in 2011. >> a device apple lovers can't wait for. the company may unveil it's newest creation later this month. tech experts are speculating
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what apple has create this time. most believe it will be a small computer with a touch screen similar to the iphone called the islate. the announcement could come on january 26th or january 27th. 6:26 is your time. international manhunt going on right now for the person wanted for the murder of a maryland man. nearly a year went -- nearly a year after it went without a hitch we are hearing about a terrorist threat during president obama's inauguration. >> find out if
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the waiting game, the redskins moving quickly to replace jim zorn. mike shanahan isn town
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negotiating with dan snyder, so just how close to a deal are the two sides? good morning, and welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. i'm eun yang. it's tuesday, january 5, 2010. let' take a quick look outside. it's 28 degrees. two school closures to report. bishop iranton high school in alexandria is closed today because of broken pipes. and williamsport elementary school is closed because of a water main break. >> we have a gray sky this morning. some clouds are produce light snow especially just to the east of washington. watch out some of this may be sticking to the ground because it certainly is cold enough for it to stick in southern prince george's county, northern calvert, northern charles county. there may be a few slick spots with some of this passing light snow moving out to the south and east. elsewhere a few scattered flurries understand this cloudy sky and temperatures are in the 20s.
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weather watchers reporting around the region throw mid-20s. 28 in washington. wind chills are in the teens. winds have diminished but gusting enough to create wind chills in the mid-teens. highs reaching the mid-30s by mid-afternoon and clouds racing through maybe producing a few flurries or passing snow showers today and overnight tonight. blustery and cold tomorrow. warmer tomorrow. light snow on thursday night and friday morning. how is the traffic now >> we're certainly loading up as we kick into high gear along interstate 66 at the exit for capital beltway. heavy and slow in long stretches. no incidents to report. no broken down cars or accidents to impede the flow. just a lot of volume eastbound. the right side of your screen th's westbound traffic lanes are open, no construction zones in our view right now headed out to fair oaks, centreville or manassas. 95 and particularly 395 headed
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up from edsel road fine. marc, vre a metro reporting no delays. >> the redskins coaching search is focusing on denver coop mike shanahan. news 4 was the only local news station was there when the former broncos coach arrived in down. he met with daniel snide ear and bruce allen hours after the team fired jim zorn. those negotiations reportedly lasted well into the night. even if things aren't going well, news 4 learned an announcement on a new coach will not likely come today. mike shanahan would brick an impressive resume but is it enough to impress the redskins faithful who have been craving success for years. megan mcgrath is live at redskins park in ashburn. people have noted that without john elway, mike shanahan is a
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.500 coach. >> reporter: there are holes in this team that need to be filled. some changes to be made. rtainly there are a lot of people, a lot of fans out there that are hopeful and would like to see some change. all signs point to mike shanahan as the new head coach of the redskins. shanahan flu to dulles airport yesterday in daniel snyder's airplane private jet. he met with snyder and bruce allen yesterday into the evening. also of note is that shanahan's wife peggy is here as well and the shanahans are staying at the snyder's home in potomac, maryland. while's a top candidate, a lot of work needs to be done before a deal can be struck. lindsay czarniak has been told that it's highly unlikely a deal will be announced today but more likely in the coming days. now the pros pebble of getting a two-time super bowl winning
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coach has many fans excited. others are not so sure and former redskins linebacker lavar arrington is optimistic as long as the new coach can do what he wants to do with the team. >> he wants things done his way so if he's able to come in here and do things his way, do they have an portunity? i think they have a fair shot of being successful. >> we'll see. time will tell. mike shanahan can bring the redskins back. >> reporter: mike shanahan does have an impressive resume. he led the denver broncos to two back-to-back super bowl victories in his 14 seasons with the broncos. he has a career record of 138-90 in the regular season. a post-season record of 8-5. so, again, a lot of talk about shanahan coming here to lead the
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redskins. not a done deal. still a lot of details to be worked out. but we're hearing we could hear some kind of an announcement here in the next couple of days likely not today. joe, back to you. megan mcgrath, reporting live. thanks very much, megan. eun, back to you. president obama meets with his national security team today. after the meeting the president is expected to detail the security reviews he ordered following the christmas day bombing attempt on an airliner. president obama will talk to the public about his findings and the new steps to improve terror watch lists. he and his top cabinet officials say they are working towards the right course of action. >> go over our internal reviews to hear what others in our government also have concluded and to take whatever additional steps are necessary. >> the president is facing some road blocks, though. many europn airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demand for increased screening of passengers. new today the u.s. embassy in yemen has officially
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re-opened after terrorist threats forced it to close for two days. according to a u.s. official in the country the embassy was given the all clear by security staff to open its doors today. both tuesday and british embassies closed on sunday after learning about a bombing plot that might target embassies. nbc news recent lie learn that plot comes from al qaeda and may involve trucks loaded with explosives. this morning we are learning about a terror scare involving the inauguration of president obama a year ago. according the "new york times", there were real concerns that somalia extremists wanted to attack the inauguration. intelligence agencies worked around the clock to figure out whether the threat was real. there were concerns about what, if anything, should be done if a terrorist struck while millions watched on the mall. the report turned out to be false. it was just a rumor fueled by a false report from the rival terror group. international manhunt is under way for a form international monetary furniture
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employee suspected in the shooting of a fellow economist at the imf. 54-year-old ashoka mody was shot as he pulled into the driveway of his bethesda home this past october. this morning, investigators are looking form ing for mohau merc who also worked at the imf. neighbors are relieved to learn this may not have been a random crime. >> we talked about it in our neighborhood. it feels just slightly better that it's -- i feel really bad for him and his family those. i really do. they are a nice family. >> police believe mathibe may have fled to china. they released a picture of this car which is similar to the one leaving the neighborhood on the night of the attack. in 23 minutes "the today show" begins at the top of the hour. let's go to matt lauer live in new york to see what they are working on. good morning. hello.
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coming up on a tuesday here on "the today show" more on these bone chilling temperatures now impacting about 70% of the country. we'll ask al when things are expected to warm up and we hope he doesn't tell us may. then latest on the sudden death of casey johnson the 30-year-old heirese to the johnson & johnson fortune. and never before seen photos of tiger woods. and a dog, appropriately named angel saves her 11-year-old owner from a cougar attack. that boy will welcome back us to share an amazing tale when we get started on a tuesday morning right here onthe today show." back to you. boy's best friends. that's terrify. >> in this case those words are very true. take care. have a good day. we have a traffic alert for you this morning. the major construction project expected to cause big backups in maryland. the salahis weren't the only ones, new reports say there was another uninvited guest at the white house state dinner. one of the country's biggest
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defense contractors is moving to our area. bringing hundreds of new jobs with it. find out how long this painfully cold weather might stick around.
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. good morning. time for weather and traffic now at 6:41. a cloudy and cold winter morning, 28 in washington and on radar getting a few passing snow showers and flurries in montgomery and howard and prince george's, calvert, charles and st. mary's counties this morning and from the shaw neighborhood in washington, to glendale to clarksburg mid-to-upper 20s. wind chill in the teens. chance for few flurries or passing snow showers. otherwise partly to mostly cloudy. highs in the mid-30s. blustery and cold tomorrow. cold again on thursday. late thursday night and friday morning could get some light snow. how is the traffic >> chopper 4 is over springfiled and all volume. i-95 on to 395 heading up towards landmark and shirlington. no incidents reported. should find the lanes open to and across the 14th street bridge. packed in very tightly.
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southbound side looking pretty good. on the beltway pretty quiet between the wilson bridge and i-66. 270 southbound just brake lights now as you head south out of frederick towards urbana and beyond. 6:43 is our time. what wizards star gilbert arenas told prosecutors why he claimed he brought guns to the verizon center. also ahead we have a copy of metro's new budget proposal for the year. it wasn't just the salahis, a third person crashed the white
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a new year and new problems for metro riders. a transit agency proposed a long series of service cuts. it's part of a plan to make up for a $40 million budget short fall. news 4 suit joins us from the prince george's plaza station in hyattsville. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you could just scoot over on your train and make room for 72 more people this morning? that's the prediction on the red line, on the orange line it could be luck as many as 60 more people. on the red line as many as 44 more people per trn. that's not because of an
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expected increase in ridership it's because of a reduction in service that may happen to save money. 11,000 fewer people rode metro than expected in the last fiscal year. metro facing a $40 million short fall and they are looking at these proposed budget cuts for metrobus. 31 bus lines will be changed, reduced or eliminated. metrobus will reduce the frequency of stops and service. it will eliminate what they call weekday low productive trips. that means riders will be walking more and walking farther to bus stops. metro says good news for the bus. they can avoid layoffs on metrobus but not filling vacancies. metro rail could see layoffs. savingthere anticipated to be over $1 million. as for metro rail, adding two to ten minutes to your wait time could save up to $2 million. stopping alling eight car trains
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could save $672,000. closing mezzanines, you have to walk further will save $200,000. reducing service on holidays could save $35,000. you know, preventative maintenance and insurance recovery alone for the red line cost metro $16 million, a huge chunk of the budget. of course, temperatures and wind whipping like today the last thing you want to hear you have to walk farther and wait longer but these changes are not expected to go into effect until late march if they are passed on thursday. a heads up if you take rockville pike to work. expect major changes near randolph road beginning today. the traffic patterns will change at 10:00 this morning. listen up. if you head west on randolph you must use montrose parkway. you will not be able to turn left or right on to rockville
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pike from westbound randolph. if you're driving north on rockville pike you can't turn left on to montrose road. if you use the woodrow wilson bridge find an alternate route this week. crews will be performing emergency pothole repairs. two lanes of the beltway's inner loop between route 1 and eisenhower connector will be closed at 7:30 every night this week. all three lanes are expected to re-open by 5:00 in the morning. this morning the lights are back on at ronald reagan washington national airport after a power outage caused major delays. passengers had to wait in long lines after baggage carousels and security equipment stopped working. some outbound flights were delayed. a backup system kept the control tower operating. we were out for about one hour. and the impact on airport operations was not as significant as it might have
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been later in the day or earlier in the day but it still inconvenienced our airline customers and we apologize for that. the outage lasted for about an hour after that things slowly started returning to normal. tareq and michaele salahi may not be the only ones that crashed the white house state dinner. a third uninvited guest might have been able to get in. that person is this man, carlos allen, a d.c. party promoter. this is a picture from allen's website where he's pictured with general david petraeus. allen reportedly came to the party with the indian delegation in a second published report allen however deniesven being at the white house dinner that night. allen is the founder of h.u.s.h. society magazine. gilbert arenas is
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apologizing for his handling of guns inside the wizards locker room. he met yesterday with police and federal prosecutors about the unloaded weapons he brought to the verizon center. a grand jury will decide whether the basketball star will face charges. arenas denies reports that he and teammate javaris crittenton drew guns on each other during an argument but acknowledged showing the weapons in what he calls a joke. he released a statement in which he said joke or not i now recognize what i did was a mistake and was wrong. i should not have brought the guns to d.c. in the first place and i now realize there's no such thing as joking around with guns even if unloaded. this week about 700 virginia state workers will learn they are out of a job, vdot is handing out pink slips as it down sizes its operations. they are dealing with a six year, $6.4 million revenue short fall. 135 of those use are happening in northern virginia. one of the country's largest
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defense companies, northrup grummann says it is moving its headquarters to the washington area. 300 jobs would come with it. courtney reagan joins us live with more on this story. >> reporter: this could be good news here for the d.c. area and those looking for jobs. northrup grummann is moving their headquarters from los angeles to the washington area. the shift puts top executives closer to its biggest military and intelligence customers as well as a congressional holders of the pentagon as purse strings. northrup plans to take over the headquarters for this spring. google unveils the smart phone today stepping into a pretty crowded market. the device is not dramatically different than google's droid software. gives google more control over the design of the android
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phones. and we can't get no satisfaction. a new survey shows 45% of americans are satisfied with their jobs, the lowest level on record. it can be blamed on the recession. incomes haven't kept up with inflation and soaring health care costs have cut into people's paychecks. those are all signs of the times. hopefully we can get over that and get a little happier. >> we love our jobs. >> of course. every day. >> thank you so much. see you tomorrow. >> let's get a check on our forecast. tom kierein joins us here in the studio. >> i got a gashled text message. the scener was wearing mittens. but you want to think more about warmth than accurate messaging. we have another cold morning. mostly cloudy here now. there is washington national
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airport there in the foreground where the temperature is at 28 degrees. on the radar some of those clouds produce light snow. right now light snow falling in southern maryland, in charles, southern calvert county and northern st. mary's county. elsewhere getting a few other passing snow showers and a little bit of flurry activity in central montgomeryount from laytonsville through gaithersburg and now into silver spring and bethesda getting this passing snow that may move right into washington in the next 15 minutes or so. but elsewhere we really don't have much precipitation just a few flurries under this cloudy sky and certainly cold enough for whatever does come down more vigorously to stick. so, this is not a major event by any reason. there could be luck a few isolated slick spots where it does accumulate a little bit. a light dusting at the most. wind chills are in the teens right now, coming in out of the
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northwest, that northwest westerly wind bringing in actick air and chance for passing showers. dress warmly at the bus stop this morning. temperatures holding steady in the 20s for the next few hours. sunrise 7:27. blustery winds throughout the day. passing flurry or snow with highs in the mid-30s. more of the same tonight. thursday winds die down. snow late thursday early friday morning. how is the traffic? >> moving along pretty well. chopper 4 checking things out in northern virginia. all major roadways doing fine. no major accidents or incidents to report. pretty smooth sailing say long 95, 395, 66, dulles toll road. let's head on over to check out interstate 270 corridor. so far accident free. frederick all the way on down rockville. a little bit of volume with travel lanes available. one more stop we'll head out to the rails and check metro rail, vre and marc all reporting no delays. joe and eun, back to you.
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thanks very much. well could this man be the redskins next head coach? this is the exclusive video of mike shanahan right ever town yesterday. he met with redskins owner dan snyder and bruce allen about the coaching vacancy. those negotiations lasted well into the night. the redskins were rumored to have been interested in shanahan even before they fired jim zorn. news 4 megan mcgrath is live out at redskins park in ashburn with more on the search. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. after firing jim zorn ty certainly didn't waste any time in bringing shanahan to town. he arrived within hours of zorn's dismissal. he arrived at dulles airport yesterday aboard daniel snyder's private plane. he met with snyder and general manager bruce allen into the evening nrks to the night last night. also of note is the fact that shanahan's wife peggy is here as well and the couple is staying at snyder's home in potomac.
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while he's a top candidate there's still a lot of work to be done. lindsay czarniak has been told it's highly unlikely an announcement will come today. they are still hammering out details. still talking and nigeria it aing. likely to happen in the coming days not this afternoon but still a lot of speculation, a lot of excitement. back to you. it is now 6:55. today president obama meets with his naonal security team. he plans to discuss how to prevent future terrorist attacks like the attempted bombing on a u.s. airliner on christmas day. the president is, however, facing a big challenge. most european airports do not appear to be following the new u.s. demand for increased screening of passengers. the u.s. embassy in yemen is re-opened after terrorist threats put it on lock down for two da. both the united states and british embassies closed on sunday after learning about a bomb plot that might have targeted the embassies. metro will recommend a series of proposed service cuts. it's a plan to make up for a $40
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million short fall. the cuts could mean longer wait times and more crowded conditions. that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your tuesday with us. >> join us at 11:00. start with us tomorrow morning at 4:55 a.m. until then have a great day. >> bye.
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